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SA-135-2006
May 1, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Norstates Bank, Waukegan, Illinois, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

Norstates Bank, Waukegan, Illinois, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 071923378, which is assigned to Norstates Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center and the bank name, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the lower-left corner. The counterfeit items are pale blue, and the following statement is embedded inside the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES – THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank's name and a logo appear in the upper-left corner.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and telephone number in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the lower-left corner above the phrase "VOID AFTER 6 MONTHS." Authentic checks are printed on white paper with gray "NS" watermarks in the background. A vertical countersignature line appears along the left margin.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Tammy R. Wesenberg
Senior Vice President Cashier
1601 N. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Phone: (847) 244-6000 extension 233
Fax: (847) 244-7853
E-mail: tammy.wesenberg@norStates.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

  Sandra L. Thompson
  Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 05/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov